THE life and times of the late Joe Monaghan will be celebrated at a big memorial golf competition at Esker Hills Golf Club on the next bank holiday Monday, May 6.
Screggan man Joe died in 2012 and is remembered fondly in sporting circles. A keen golfer, he was the fifth mens' captain of Esker Hills Golf Club back in 2001 while he was also very well known in GAA circles.
He was goalkeeper on the St Carthage's team that was pipped by Tullamore in the 1973 Senior Football Championship final while he was a long time officer and committee man of St Carthage's as well. He also served Shamrocks well after they were formed following the amalgamation of St Carthage's and Mucklagh and he was a long time advocate of the Irish cultural arm of the GAA, Scor.
Esker Hills Golf Club have made a big effort this year to rekindle interest in this competition and have filled the time sheet with twenty teams going out to a shot gun start at 12 noon. There will be club teams from Esker Hills, Tullamore, Moate, Portarlington, Birr, Castle Barna, Mount Temple, New Forest, Edenderry and Carlow Golf Clubs. In addition, various friends of the late Joe have entered their own team and it promises to be a memorable occasion.
There are attractive prizes on offer and the first prize is six green fees for Lahinch Golf Club, which will host the Irish Open this year. A charitable donation will be made from the proceeds.
The format is a slightly unusual one. On each team of six, the two lowest handicappers will play together in a singles competition and the remaining four play in a four man team event with combined scores determining the winners.